The Earl and Countess of Wessex will this week depart to Canada for a tour of the North American country.
Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, will arrive on Friday at Government House where they will be greeted by a special outdoor ceremony which will be open to the public.
During the week long tour, their royal highnesses will spend five days in British Columbia, with a two-day stop in Victoria.
Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon will welcome the royals at Government House in British Cokumbia. At the ceremony, Prince Edward will receive a royal salute and review an honour guard. The couple will then walk out into the crowd to greet visitors and well-wishers.
Adrienne Dunton, the communications and events co-orindator at Government House said “We’d love to have people come out to greet their royal highnesses. Other events are by invitation only.”
The next day, The Queen’s youngest son will attend events with the Royal Canadian Navy and then present Duke of Edinburgh’s awards to young recipients during a ceremony at Government House. Meanwhile, his wife will visit Jeneece Place, Our Place Society, and the University of Victoria.
Later in the evening, the lieutenant-governor will host a dinner for the Edward and Sophie as well as the First Nation leaders.
On Sunday, the couple head off to Vancouver to attend an array of engagements. On Monday, they will stop at the Ditidaht First Nation in Nitinat Lake to officially open a new library.
Other engagements they will attend include community events. The couple will end their week-long tour of Canada with a visit to Kelowna next Tuesday.
Since 1987, Prince Edward has visited Canada on many occasions. The 2002 trip to Canada was the first official tour outside of the UK for the Countess of Wessex.